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Board of Governors

Board of Governors

Lord Rupert Redesdale 
Governor Responsible for Government Policy Awareness
The youngest Life Peer created thus far, initially admitted as a Hereditary peer in 1991, and subsequently returning as a Life Peer in 2000 at the age of 33. For eleven years he was heavily involved in International Development as the Liberal Democrat Party’s Spokesperson and also travelled widely in his capacity as an election monitor for the United Nations. His numerous committee positions in Parliament include Vice Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Climate Change and Secretary of the APPG for Archaeology.

Prof. Alan Lee Williams FRSA OBE
Governor Responsible for Personnel & Employees
These are exciting times for those involved in the delivery of international education and training. New technologies and ever-increasing globalisation mean that the skills, experience and qualifications of today’s learners need to be quite different from those of previous generations. Those same worldwide processes have resulted in the potential for education and training to be delivered in new, exciting and enjoyable ways.

Prof. Steve Letza
Governor Responsible for Finance & Risk Management
Following a successful career in public practice as a chartered accountant, Dr Letza moved into the food manufacturing industry as a chief accountant at Associated British Foods. He completed his PhD from University of Bradford School of Management. He has extensive Executive MBA teaching experience, including Beijing Jiaotong University, Griffith University Australia, Leeds UK, TiasNimbas Business School, The Netherlands, Poznan, Poland and Warwick, UK. He has over 200 published papers. In 2005 he was awarded the Literati medal for a paper he wrote in 1996. He has directed several large research projects on corporate governance, risk management, performance measurement and corporate reporting. Since 2000 he has developed the Centre for Director Education based at the Leeds Business School and the European Centre for Corporate Governance.

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Ms Jo Midgley
Governor Responsible for Student Experience
Currently, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Student Experience) at the University of West of England. A UWE Alumni, she has always been passionate about the experience provided to the students. She began her career in what was the Bristol Business School looking after the International Business Studies students who were overseas on placement. She then moved to the professional services to become the first Head of Applicant Services and from there have enjoyed a number of management and leadership roles with a focus on student and future student services. Her areas of expertise include Admissions, International Strategy, Recruitment, Widening Participation, Student and Future Student Services.

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Dr Ian Tunbridge
Governor Responsible for Legal & Regulatory Policy
Ian Tunbridge has extensive experience of Higher and Further Education, and particularly of HE in FE; Marketing; Enterprise and Widening Participation. He is Principal Consultant at the HE-FE Partnership Brokerage and a Teaching Associate at the University of Exeter.
Until recently he was Deputy Vice-Chancellor (External) at the University of West London and was Acting Principal for Reading College in its transition from the University to free-standing College status.
Before this he was Executive Director of the Combined Universities in Cornwall, where he led the latest expansion of HE in Cornwall through a collaborative venture between the University of Exeter, University of Plymouth, University College Falmouth, Cornwall College and Truro College.
Following the completion of a PhD at the University of Reading he followed an early career as an Exploration Geologist for Shell UK. He then worked for many years at the University of Plymouth, initially as a lecturer and researcher in Geology, and then as Access Co-ordinator, Director of Academic Partnerships and finally as Dean of University of Plymouth Colleges, for which work he gained a Queens Anniversary Prize for the University in 1994, and was made OBE in the 2007 New Year’s Honours. He was a founder member of the Association for Collaborative Provision, and is well known nationally as a leading senior manager of HE-FE partnership working. He led the development of Aim Higher in the South West of England and was recently the Chair of West, Central and North London Aim Higher Partnership.

Prof. Alan Bansted
Governor Responsible for Education Policy
Emeritus Pro Vice-Chancellor, Professor of Law, extensive experience of external examining and academic reviewer for a range of journals, teaching, research and publications experience over 30 years

Mr. David Nixon BA [Hons], PGCE
Governor Responsible for Principle –  Secretary to Governors
David was educated at the Universities of York, Keele and Nottingham in the UK, and is a first-class honours graduate in the Social Sciences, a qualified teacher, and a highly experienced manager in education. Before joining CLC he spent 12 years as Vice Principal of a state-sector further education college in Leicester, where he also played the role of Clerk to the College Corporation. Since taking up the Principal post at CLC, David has acquired extensive international experience in countries as varied as Mongolia, Tanzania, India, Sri Lanka and the Philippines. He was instrumental in obtaining the prestigious Queens Award for the College in 2011, and led the College through its successful QAA Review for Educational Oversight in 2012

Dr S. Yousuf MBA(B’ham), DipM, PhD (Cran’d), MCIM FRSA
Chief Executive Officer 
Dr Yousuf MBA (Birmingham), PhD (Cranfield), FCIM, FRSA, is the Chief Executive Officer of company. He has a Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies from the University of East London, Masters in Business Administration from the University of Birmingham Business School and Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) from the Cranfield School of Management. He teaches Research Methods, Marketing, Entrepreneurship and Corporate Finance and has worked in the fashion retailing and petroleum industries. For over 25 years he has been involved in the management of Higher Education.

Senior Management Team

Maldwyn Buckland MA
Working at senior management-level in both further and higher education sectors, Maldwyn has held the following posts: Vice Principal, Plymouth College of Art & Design, Director of Quality & Standards – City College Manchester, Higher Education Policy Manager – Association of Colleges (AoC) and NW Regional Education Consultant-Lancashire Lifelong Learning Network .

In parallel to this, Maldwyn has been a Senior Consultant with the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) for over fifteen years including: Review Co-ordinator: Review of Educational Oversight (REO), Reviewer: Integrated Quality Enhancement Review (IQER), Foundation Degree Reviewer: FD Review and Specialist AVA Panel Member (QAA Access to HE- Access Validating Agencies)

Additionally, he has contributed to the development of higher education policy through membership of the following national & regional organisations:

QAA Policy Forum & National Liaison Group, QAA/HEA Quality Event Presenter – HE in FE Enhancement Programme, Chair: Greater Manchester Strategic Alliance (GMSA) Consortium of Colleges, GMSA Management Board Representative, GMSA Heads of Quality Group, Mixed Economy Group of Colleges (MEG) Representative, Mixed Economy Group of Colleges (MEG) Foundation Degree Awarding Powers Sub-Committee Member, Association of Collaborative Provision (ACP): Chair Council for Validating Universities (CVU) Representative, University of Manchester Teaching & Learning Working Group, Lancashire Lifelong Learning Network (LLN): Regional Educational Consultant, British Journal of HE in FE – Editorial Board Member & Foundation Degree Forward (FDF): Regional Marketing Board member.

Commitment to the strengthening of regional vocational opportunities can be seen through his work as Chair of the Lancashire Lifelong Learning Network – Curriculum Development Group and the Online Working Group, where exploration and development of employer-led Foundation Degrees & Progression Agreements enhanced progression opportunities across the NW region.

Professor Geoff Lancaster MSc, PhD, FCIM, FLCC
Provost, City of London College 
Professor Lancaster’s research interests are customer relations and corporate social responsibility. He has published numerous papers and marketing and research methods textbooks. He was part-time Chairman of a corporate communications group that was in receipt of the Queen’s Award for Exporting. He was Senior Examiner to the Chartered Institute of Marketing for 18 years and is in receipt of a Fellowship from the London Chamber of Commerce & Industry for services to business education.

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